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"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.

Towards a Critical Engagement with Metaphor in Organization Studies
Towards a critical engagement with metaphor in organization studies

As Gareth Morgan's work has eloquently demonstrated, metaphors are powerful, vivid and evocative devices (e.g. Morgan, 1996). They illuminate phenomena and they have a generative capacity (i.e. the potential to provide new ways of thinking). It is no wonder that they continue to be popular among organization studies scholars. What is remarkable, however, is the absence of any sustained critical reflection upon the use of metaphors within the field. This is not to say that commentators have not been critical of metaphor-use in organizational analysis, but these concerns seem to operate at two extremes. On the one hand, there is a longstanding view that we need to eschew ...

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